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Contempt

The Criterion Collection

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3.7 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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Jean-Luc Godard's subversive foray into commercial filmmaking is a star-studded Cinemascope epic. Contempt (Le M pris) stars Michel Piccoli as a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European director (played by legendary director Fritz Lang), a crude and arrogant American producer (Jack Palance), and his disillusioned wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot) as he attempts to doctor the script for a new film version of The Odyssey.

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With his aptly titled Contempt, Jean-Luc Godard embraced the widescreen splendor of Hollywood while thumbing his nose at Hollywood itself. A rebel with a cause, Godard pursues an iconoclast's agenda, using the Franscope format (expertly controlled by cinematographer Raoul Coutard) to undermine the grandeur of widescreen melodramas. The story ostensibly concerns an innovative production of Homer's Odyssey and the struggle of a respected screenwriter (Michel Piccoli) to please a pugnacious producer (Jack Palance), a veteran director (Fritz Lang, essentially playing himself), and a petulant wife (Brigitte Bardot) who's grown tired of their turbulent relationship. It's all pretense, however, for Godard's mischievous (and yes, contemptuous) deconstruction of commercial Hollywood filmmaking, potently infused with film-buff in-jokes, astute observations about love, stardom, and artistry, and enough glossy style to suggest that Godard had mastered the craft he so willfully rejects. Contempt is one of his most accessibly fascinating films. --Jeff Shannon


Special features

  • Disc One
  • New high definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Robert Stam
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Disc Two
  • Two short documentaries featuring Godard on the set of "Contempt": Contempt: Godard et Bardot (8 minutes) and Paparazzi (22 minutes)
  • The Dinosaur and the Baby: a conversation between Jean-Luc Godard and Fritz Lang, filmed in 1967 (61 minutes)
  • Encounter with Fritz Lang: a short film by Peter Fleischmann (1963)
  • Excerpt from an interview between Francois Chalais and Godard about Contempt on French TV program "Cinepanorama"
  • New video interview with cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • Widescreen vs. full-frame demo

Product details

  • Actors: Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang
  • Directors: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Writers: Jean-Luc Godard, Alberto Moravia
  • Producers: Carlo Ponti, Georges de Beauregard, Joseph E. Levine
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JKPT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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